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NEWS 4.12.23: Red Flag Warning, 185th fighter jet renovation, Saturday in the Park performers and more

Another Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1 to 8 p.m. tonight for Siouxland with a Fire Weather Watch for tomorrow afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says windy conditions with low relative humidity is creating critical fire weather conditions.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released last week shows a sliver of western Iowa is experiencing the highest classification of Exceptional Drought. This includes western Woodbury and Monona Counties. A larger section of eastern Nebraska is also included.

Nebraska lawmakers plan to begin debate on a bill that would ban abortion once cardiac activity can be detected in an embryo. That generally occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy. But the effort to effectively ban abortions in the Republican-controlled state remains in question because a co-signer has introduced an amendment to extend the proposal to 12 weeks. That signals that a ban set very early in pregnancy could face pushback. Nebraska anti-abortion advocates have watched in frustration as other GOP-controlled states have moved quickly to restrict abortion access since the fall of Roe v. Wade.

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to return to Iowa for the second time this year. The Republican Governor of Florida is expected to attend Congressman Randy Feenstra's third-annual Feenstra Family Picnic in Sioux Center on Saturday, May 13.

The Sioux City Journal reports even though DeSantis hasn’t officially announced his candidacy for president polls show him just behind former President Donald Trump in support.

Feenstra made the announcement on Twitter two days after hosting a town hall with former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

A piece of military history renovated in Sioux City returned to Camp Dodge in the Des Moines area this week.

This is audio from the 185th Air Refueling Wing as a military helicopter lifted an F-80 Shooting Star fighter jet off the ground for the trip to central Iowa.

185th Refueling Wing

Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing painted the aircraft so it could be put on public display at the headquarters of the Iowa National Guard.

The F-80 was the first jet-powered aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force when it was introduced in the mid-1940s at the end of World War II.

The new paint job includes Korean War-era markings from the 174th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. The 174th was the predecessor to the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City.

Saturday in the Park announced the headliner for this year’s music festival at Grandview Park. The event planned for July 1st will feature Earth, Wind, and Fire. Other acts include blues rocker Samantha Fish and guitarist Jesse Dayton, War and Treaty, and Armani White.

Saturday in the Park is an underwriter of Siouxland Public Media.

Iowa State basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger has received a two-year contract extension that keeps him with the Cyclones through the 2028-29 season. Otzelberger has led the team to the NCAA Tournament each of his first two seasons and signed the highest-rated recruiting class in program history. When Otzelberger was hired away from UNLV, he agreed to a lower salary to help the athletic department manage buyout costs of the previous staff. Otzelberger’s annual salary will increase to $2.5 million on July 1, $3 million in 2024 and $3.5 million in 2025. He will received $100,000 increases each of the following years.

News releases:

Sioux City Air National Guard Base --  

An Iowa Army National Guard CH-47 helicopter flew to Sioux City this week to pick up a Korean War-era F-80 fighter jet from the Air National Guard paint facility.

VIDEO | 05:03 | Iowa NG CH-47 delivers historic Iowa F-80 back to Camp Dodge via sling load

After being painted, the F-80 Shooting Star was returned to the state headquarters via sling-load and placed back on static display.

Two U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Iowa National Guard’s B/171 Aviation Regiment based in Davenport brought the jet back to Camp Dodge before returning to the Quad Cities.

The Korean War-era jet has markings from the 174th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, the predecessor to the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City.

The Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star was the first jet-powered aircraft flown by the U.S. Army Air Force when it was introduced in the mid-1940s at the end of World War II.

By keeping historic aircraft on display, the Iowa National Guard is obligated to ensure they are kept in good repair. With the new paint, the aircraft should be in good shape for years to come.

2023 Spring Re-Event

On Saturday, April 29, 2023, the City of Sioux City and the Environmental Advisory Board will hold their semi-annual Re-Event. This event will be held in the Long Lines Family Rec Center parking lot along Pierce Street from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This recycling event collects materials that can be recycled, reused, and refurbished. By not putting your recyclable waste into the trash, natural resources and energy are conserved, valuable and potentially harmful materials are recovered and landfill space is saved. The following is a list of vendors and the products we will be accepting:

  • Electronics and small appliances  – See attached price list (fees vary)
  • Styrofoam – LiteForm Technologies    Must be BB or pellet style styrofoam
  • Batteries accepted (free) – Batteries Plus
  • Light bulbs ($.50 ea.) - Batteries Plus

Go to www.sioux-city.org for more information.

The money collected will assist in covering the cost of dismantling, recycling and proper disposal as necessary. Please contact the Environmental Services Department at 279-6222 if you have any questions.

The following are the projected fees for this Spring’s Re-Event. No credit cards will be accepted. Cash or checks only.

Fluor. Bulbs $.50

Small Misc Electronics $1

PC/ Computer Tower $2

VCR      DVD Game Console $2

Laptops/ Tablets/ Handheld $3


Counter Top $5

 Rolling/ Floor or Push-pull     $10

TV Monitor UNDER 45" $10

TV Monitor OVER 45" $15

Desktop Copier $25

Full Size Copier $50

Small appliances are new this year with three (3) designated categories: handheld, countertop and rolling, floor, or push/pull. See attached for category description.

City of Sioux City Collection

-Small electronics


-VCR/DVD/Game console


-Fax Machine/Printer

-CRT Computer Monitors

-LCD Computer Monitors

-All types of TV’s

-Desktop Copier

-Full Size Copier

NEW Items accepted with conditions –




Countertop       $5

Roller/Push-pull    $10

Blenders & Juicers

Blenders & Juicers

Wet/dry vacuums

Electric knife

Air purifiers

Trash compactors


Bread Makers

Power washers

Steam cleaners/steamers

Coffee/espresso machines


Deep fryers

Electric grills/griddles

Electric woks

Food dehydrators

Food processors


Ice cream makers

Meat slicers and grinders


Popcorn makers

Pressure cooker

Slow cooker and crockpots

Toaster/pizza ovens


Waffle makers

We cannot accept household hazardous materials (HHMs) at the Re-Event. HHMs can be taken to the Citizens Convenience Center located at 5800 28th Street on Tuesday or Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call ahead for information (ph. 402-414-4179). More information on disposal or recycling of various items can be found at www.sioux-city.org/solid-waste.

Additional items NOT accepted at the Re-Event but can be dropped off at the Citizen’s Convenience Center for a small fee, 5800 28th Street, Sioux City, IA  Phone: 712-255-8345

-Air conditioners


-Mini fridge or any fridge

-Medical/chemical equipment

-Propane grills

-Wine coolers

-PCB ballasts (added these because sometimes we see them when light bulbs are being accepted)

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